The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagship smartphones have made the news as it will soon be available with various service providers in the United States.
However, for those who are planning to buy the phone without a contract, here are the details you should know.
The unlocked version of any smartphone is quite expensive because you may have to pay the full price rather than paying it in monthly installments. The phone is up for pre-order with some additional goodies on carriers like T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T. Best Buy, the store that sells all phones including unlocked ones confirmed that S8 and the S8+ will indeed be available as unlocked versions.
The store confirmed that the devices will be available for purchase on May 9th. The carrier specific models will however be available earlier on April 21st. The unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S8 is priced at $724.99 while the bigger version S8+ will cost $824.99. The pricing is about $25 cheaper compared to what the service providers offer and may have its own set of pros and cons to deal with.
A typical scenario is when Samsung fails to properly update the unlocked versions of the phone in the United States. The company always had a strong focus on T-Mobile, AT&T among other service providers. These companies work closely with the company to update the phones with the latest security patches as well as the Android operating system. The problem was prevalent with Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge.
While Samsung has promised to make sure they don’t miss out on the unlocked phones, you should probably think twice if you are keen on receiving the updates first. The S7 still runs on Android Marshmallow while all other phones in different carriers are upgraded to Nougat 7.0. The difference is solid and it may put off some buyers for going with an unlocked version. If you like to have better control on your plans and switch network carriers when you don’t like their service, buying it for the full cost is a feasible option.
Reviews for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ have already started pouring in from all the top sources. So far, it has all been positive except for the fact that some opine the screen size to be larger than they expected. The performance, looks and specifications seem to have impressed everyone unanimously.